Let’s Do This, September!

Lets Do This September

Lets Do This SeptemberWith kids out of school, family bonds are strengthened…but not our muscles!  Fitting in a workout during travel can be a challenge.

Welcome back, everyone. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for fall. With late summer travel and kids out of school, my workout regimen has suffered. The result?  Weight gain, back pain (even PTs get it from time to time) and, of course, stress, or at least the inability to handle stress.

If you’re in the same yoga boat, don’t fret! There is a plan. As we orbit into Labor Day weekend, our last summer hurrah, Mind the Mat wants to celebrate all things celestial by reversing that summer eclipse of your normal routine. We warmly welcome you back into your routine with the too-good-to-be-true offer of $99/month membership (it’s normally $125/month), available through Labor Day! Ready to find out the awesomeness that comes with Mind the Mat membership? Read on!

We provide skilled and solid instruction in Pilates and yoga, both rooted in science and spirit. As health care clinicians, we’ve developed and created our own programs to fit absolutely everyone.  We do this with sheer joy and readiness to welcome you into our community. We can hear your chakras aligning already.

Lets Do This September

So let’s do this, September! With more than 130 classes in our four studios (three in Del Ray, one in Arlington), you may be thinking, “where do I begin?”  We understand that it can seem overwhelming. I’m here to help! If you’re brand new, or like it laid out for you, here’s an example starter schedule to get you on track. Note the variety — this is key to getting and staying in shape!


If you prefer morning classes

Monday: 6am Flow Yoga or 9:30am Hot Flow Yoga

Tuesday: 8:15am HAWT Pilates

Wednesday: 6am Pilates Boot Camp or 9:30am Pilates Barre

Thursday: 9:30am Hot Flow Yoga

Friday: 9:45am HAWT Pilates or 11am Pilates Barre

Saturday: 8am Hot Flow Yoga or 8:15am Flow Yoga (I want to call it cold yoga, but that sounds horrible!)

Sunday: Rest or 7pm Slow Flow & Stretch


If you prefer the evening

Monday: 7:45pm Hot Flow Yoga or 8pm Yoga Barre

Tuesday: 6:15pm HAWT Pilates or 7:15pm Pilates Boot Camp

Wednesday: 7:45pm Hot Power Flow Yoga

Thursday: 8:30pm Gentle Yoga

Friday: 5pm Pilates Barre or 7:30pm Rock & Roll Yoga (make it a date night!)

Saturday: 9:30am Power Flow Yoga or 11am HAWT Pilates

Sunday: Rest or 10:45am Flow Yoga


See our full schedule, which includes Arlington, too, HERE.

If you are recovering from an injury or not sure a rigorous routine is right for you, we have an extensive gentle and therapeutic program designed by clinicians and highly trained instructors who have a deep understanding of how the body moves and how the mind centers. For our mamas, we are very well known for our excellent prenatal and post-pregnancy programs.

From our patented HAWT Pilates and invigorating yoga to therapeutic and prenatal courses, we have what you need to reset your body after a fun summer.


Lets Do This September

We are so excited about our new awesome Director of Mind the Mat, Verveine! A Pilates teacher herself, she is super friendly and will help guide you through our vast schedule of classes, series, and special workshops.


Lets Do This September

Lets Do This September



  • The latest from Megan
Megan Brown, physical therapist, Pilates instructor, mother and co-founder of Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga in Alexandria, VA, likes to goof around. Yet her commitment to her students and her skill set in the field is no joke. After graduating from University of Virginia with a degree in Sports Medicine, Megan went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy and eventually her Doctorate in the profession. Although Pilates was never part of the plan, the method changed the way she treated patients, positively re-directed her career path and enhanced her own active lifestyle. Customized Pilates instruction is her specialty–she designs classes based on clients needs: athletes, new moms, rehabilitation or just for fun (why be serious all the time?). Pilates + Yoga is the best of both worlds, hence the creation of Mind the Mat studios providing classes for all—in every walk of life.

Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga was founded in 2008 by Megan Brown, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Polestar Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Sara VanderGoot, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500). In their private practices as physical therapist and massage therapist respectively Megan and Sara observed that many of their clients were coming in with similar needs: relief for neck and shoulder tension and low back pain as well as a desire for more flexibility in hips and legs, stability in joints, and core strength.

Together Megan and Sara carefully crafted a curriculum of Pilates and yoga classes to address needs for clients who are pregnant, postpartum, have injuries or limitations, who are new to Pilates and yoga, and for those who are advanced students and are looking for an extra challenge.


2214 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301


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